Nathan allowed a pair of one-out singles before a groundout advanced both runners and put the potential tying run just 90 feet away. Nathan was able to get the next batter to ground out to first base and give his team a win, increasing the Tigers' lead to two-and-a-half games over the Royals in the AL Central. Nathan owns a 5.01 ERA and 52:28 K:BB ratio in 55 2/3 innings.
Hunter put the first run of the game for either side on the board with his shot to left field in the fourth inning. He's recorded two hits in each of his last six games, driving home at least one run in five of them. Hunter has hit .288/.321/.452 with 17 home runs and 81 RBI in 518 at-bats.
Shields (14-8) entered the seventh inning with the team's locked up 1-1 in the cruicial AL Central battle, but the Tigers recorded three singles and a walk in the inning to bring home two runs and chase the starter from the game. Shields owns a 3.18 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 176:42 K:BB ratio in 221 innings. He'll make his last start of the regular season Thursday hoping his team is still alive in the race for the division crown.
Scherzer (17-5) held the Royals to only an RBI single in the fifth inning to help Detroit extend the lead for the AL Central title to two-and-a-half games. He threw 113 pitches in the win, giving him 10 straight starts with at least 100 pitches. Scherzer owns a 3.19 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 243:59 K:BB ratio in 214 1/3 innings. He's scheduled to face the Twins Thursday.
Kipnis left Thursday's game with a hamstring injury, but manager Terry Francona expressed optimism that he would be able to return this weekend. Walters has been dealing with an intercostal strain and may be able to pinch hit if needed.
Gausman developed the blister in the first inning but didn't come out of the game until after his fifth frame. He expects to be good to go to make his next start.
Escobar played catch before the game at a distance of about 100 feet, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. He hasn't played since Tuesday due to a jammed shoulder.
Lagares has been sidelined since Tuesday with a hyperextended elbow. Nieuwenhuis passed a kidney stone Thursday and remains day-to-day.
Zimmerman has been sidelined since July 22 with a hamstring injury. Multiple injuries have limited him to 195 at-bats this season, and he owns a .282/.345/.456 line with five home runs and 36 RBI.
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